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  • Worcester hardware store open since 1782 closing its doors (Mass.)

    09/12/2017 6:35:49 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 42 replies
    WHDH Channel 7 Boston ^ | September 12, 2017
    The business has operated, under several owners, since 1782. Loyal customers say they can buy door knobs and hinges elsewhere, but they won’t be able to replace the bonds they’ve made with Elwood Adams’s staff on Maine Street.
  • How Microsoft Is Stealing Apple’s Cool Factor

    06/20/2017 11:44:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | June 20, 2017 | Lisa Eadicicco
    "If we're going to be able to create magical experiences with software, then the hardware will be the thing that people buy to go experience that," Microsoft corporate VP of devices Panos Panay told TIME during a recent interview. We were discussing his company's decision to release its first true laptop after years of selling hybrid computers, namely the Surface Laptop, which began shipping on June 15. "And [when] those two things work perfectly together in a seamless way, that brings elegance out," he added. If that approach sounds familiar — using the sleek, shiny allure of new gadgetry as...
  • Windows 10 warns Chrome and Firefox users about battery drain, recommends switching to Edge

    07/19/2016 6:15:18 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 36 replies
    VentureBeat ^ | July 19, 2016 10:25 AM | Protalinski
    Microsoft has turned on a new set of Windows Tips that warn Windows 10 users that Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is draining their laptop’s battery. The solution, according to the notification, is to use Microsoft Edge. We reached out to Microsoft for clarification. “Microsoft Edge was designed exclusively for Windows 10 with features and functionality that enhance the browsing experience such as Cortana, easy sharing, reading, and researching,” a Microsoft spokesperson told VentureBeat. “These Windows Tips notifications were created to provide people with quick, easy information that can help them enhance their Windows 10 experience, including information that can...
  • Mac malware gives attackers backdoor into OS X

    07/07/2016 10:11:59 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 11 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jul 7 2016 3:36PM (AUS) | Staff Writer
    A newly discovered malware capable of cyber espionage and remote takeover is targeting Apple Mac computers, delivering its payload by opening up a backdoor connection to a command-and-control web server via the encrypted Tor network. Named Eleanor (or Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor), the malware arrives disguised as a drag-and-drop file conversion application called the EasyDoc Converter. The application is found on many credible third-party sites, according to an analysis from Bitdefender, whose security researchers uncovered the malware. The program is neither verified nor digitally signed by Apple. In reality, the program's true purpose is far more malevolent, granting attackers a backdoor connection that...
  • Lenovo scrambling to get a fix for BIOS vuln

    07/04/2016 7:04:05 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 19 replies
    The Register ^ | 4 Jul 2016 at 02:04 | Richard Chirgwin
    Lenovo, and possibly other PC vendors, is exposed to a UEFI bug that can be exploited to disable firmware write-protection. If the claims made by Dmytro Oleksiuk at Github are correct, an attacker can “disable flash write protection and infect platform firmware, disable Secure Boot, [and] bypass Virtual Secure Mode (Credential Guard, etc.) on Windows 10 Enterprise.” The reason Oleksiuk believes other vendors are also vulnerable is that the buggy code is inherited from Intel. He writes that the SystemSmmRuntimeRt was copied from Intel reference code.
  • HP warns of notebook battery fire risk

    06/20/2016 8:08:57 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 10 replies
    iTnews (.com.au) ^ | Jun 20 2016 12:13PM (AUS) | Staff Writer
    HP has recalled batteries sold with a range of its of consumer and business notebooks over concerns the devices could catch fire. The tech giant has asked customers who purchased certain Compaq, ProBook, Envy, and Pavilion laptops between March 1 2013 and August 30 2015 nationally to turn off the device, remove the battery and check its identification number. It is warning the affected devices could catch fire and burn the user.
  • Cisco patches switches to remove hardcoded credentials

    03/04/2016 6:59:10 PM PST · by Utilizer · 8 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Mar 4 2016 7:53AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Cisco has issued a patch for its Nexus 3000 series and Nexus 3500 platform switches to remove a hardcoded password for a user account which would allow attackers full remote access. In a security advisory, Cisco said the account "could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to log in to the device with the privileges of the root user with bash [command] shell access." Remote access is possible via Telnet, or by Secure Shell on a specific release of the NX operating system. Serial console access locally is also possible. Cisco said the account is created during installation on the devices...
  • Sony recalls Vaio batteries over fire fears

    03/04/2016 6:17:00 PM PST · by Utilizer · 7 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Mar 4 2016 10:23AM (AUS) | "Staff Writer"
    Consumer technology company Sony is recalling battery packs for certain models of its Vaio laptop over concerns faults with the kit could cause the device to catch fire. It's the third major recall of battery packs from a laptop manufacturer in just a month. In February, both Toshiba and Panasonic recalled battery packs sold with their laptops and notebooks over similar fire hazard concerns. The month prior, Apple was forced to recall wall power chargers due to their potential to cause electric shock, while Microsoft asked 285,000 Australian customers to send back power cords for its Surface Pro devices over...
  • Microsoft cuts short support for downgraded Windows Skylake PCs

    01/24/2016 6:59:32 PM PST · by Utilizer · 22 replies
    iTnews ^ | Jan 25 2016 10:00AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Microsoft and its hardware partners have revealed the list of Intel Skylake-based PCs that will lose support after 18 months if the computers are downgraded from Windows 10 to Windows 7 or 8.1. The software giant along with Dell, HP, Lenovo and NEC today outlined a list of 100 PCs that will fall victim to a policy change outlined by Microsoft earlier this month. The company previously said it would support downgrades to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 until January 2020 and January 2023. But on January 16, Microsoft backtracked on its pledge for newer hardware featuring Intel's Skylake processors....
  • Looking for Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas?

    12/22/2015 2:09:13 PM PST · by Gigantor · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | Self
    Check out my family's reactions to my last-minute Christmas shopping done at the loca hardware store.
  • Tennessee store owner posts “No gays allowed” sign

    07/01/2015 6:33:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    On a slow news day, it was either this or the fact that Twitter’s blowing up right now over the NYT’s suggestion that peas would make a fine addition to guacamole. Since only one of those stories has seeped into other major newspapers (so far), that’s the one I’m blogging. Although, for the record, I like peas and think they’d be an intriguing, if not necessarily triumphant, ingredient in guac from a textural perspective. Let’s not wet ourselves over experimental recipes after we, as a people, just got done spending two weeks debating the pros and cons of pizza with...
  • Why the World’s Armies Don’t Want U.S. Tech Anymore

    07/14/2014 6:46:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 14, 2014 | Bill Sweetman
    Boeing briefed reporters on the Army-led Joint Multi Role rotorcraft project – intended as a high-tech replacement for most of the thousands of helicopters in the Pentagon’s fleets - in Mesa, Arizona, late last month. “We’ve shot ourselves in the foot twice,” I said, “and we are all out of feet.” My comment was not exactly diplomatic, but the JMR vision of a one-size-fits-all, fast and efficient rotorcraft technology platform that would leave the rest of the world in the dust gave me double flashbacks: to the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor and the LHX/Comanche, which had similar goals and fell far...
  • Chinese professor builds Li-Fi system with retail parts

    11/05/2013 9:44:44 AM PST · by Utilizer · 38 replies
    NETWORK WORLD ^ | November 05, 2013 07:07 AM ET | Michael Kan, IDG News Service
    Chinese professor Chi Nan has built her own Li-Fi wireless system that can use LED lights to send and receive Internet data. "I bought the lights from Taobao," she said, referring to the Chinese e-commerce site. The professor from Fudan University showed off the technology on Tuesday at the China International Industry Fair in Shanghai. Unlike traditional Wi-Fi routers that use radio signals, Chi's system relies on light to send and receive data wirelessly. Others scientists, especially in the U.K., have also been researching the technology, and dubbed it "Li-Fi". But rather than develop specialized hardware, Chi bought off-the-shelf retail...
  • Collierville's McGinnis Hardware to close its doors after 146 years

    11/29/2012 8:59:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | November 29, 2012 | Matt Woo
    While searching through the plastic containers full of screws and bolts at McGinnis Hardware, John Ashworth stopped, picked up a 1 ˝-inch metal flat washer and showed it to employees. "I don't know where else you'll find something like that," said Ashworth, 79, who has been a customer for the last 40 years. For Ashworth and other longtime McGinnis Hardware patrons, the days of driving to the Collierville Town Square to pick up tools, plumbing equipment and other home repair items soon will come to an end. McGinnis Hardware will close its doors at 99 N. Center St. Dec. 22,...
  • Linux Hardware Support Myths and Legends

    05/11/2012 4:41:37 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 15 replies
    O'Reilly Community ^ | 9 May 2012 | Caitlyn Martin
    As I briefly mentioned in my recent article on the influence of the Linux desktop, with a new major Windows release just around the corner we are being treated to an onslaught of articles proclaiming the failings of Linux on the desktop. You'd think that such articles wouldn't be necessary if the Linux desktop had indeed failed. One recurring theme is the idea that Linux has terrible hardware support. The premise is always that Linux is impossibly difficult to install and that lots of hardware just doesn't work with Linux. The author almost always proclaims his or her love for...
  • Hardware chain offers Halloween 'zombie defense'

    10/10/2011 10:18:34 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 21 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/11/11 | n/a
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Hardware store manager Mike Dowling wants to be clear: His shovels might slow an attacking zombie, but you'll to need something else to put the final nail in the creature's coffin. "I wouldn't say it's for killing zombies," the veteran Omaha store manager said. "But it's helpful for cleaning up if you ever have to."
  • Bill Gates challenges research team to reinvent the........... toilet

    07/21/2011 1:00:43 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 62 replies
    www.theengineer.co.uk ^ | 20 July 2011 | staff
    Bill Gates has given Dutch researchers the task of creating a toilet that works without links to water, sewage or power networks. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded Delft University of Technology a grant to develop a way of using microwaves to process human waste and create electricity. The researchers hope the new toilet could be produced at an affordable cost for people in developing countries with limited access to reliable infrastructure. Waste will be dried and then gasified using plasma created by microwaves. The resulting syngas, a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen, will be fed into...
  • For Saudis, U.S. arms deal is a challenge

    10/26/2010 11:02:34 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    UPI ^ | 10/26/2010 | UPI
    U.S. plans to sell Saudi Arabia advanced weapons systems worth $60 billion to counter Iran could turn out to be more of a problem than a panacea. The Saudis, unlike the Israelis, have always had problems absorbing high-tech Western systems since they began buying state-of-the-art war machines in the 1970s. Right now, they already have more top-line equipment than they can effectively use, such as an air force with more aircraft than it has front-line pilots or commanders able to deploy them in combat. Saudi Arabia traditionally bankrolls part of Pakistan's military purchases and in return gets experienced Pakistan pilots...
  • A Man Who Took Life's Business Lemons and Made His Own Business Lemonade

    07/16/2010 11:40:03 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 4 replies
    Associated Content ^ | Published July 16, 2010 by: | Alice Winters
    After getting frustrated out of the lemons his problems gave him, David Miller made his own corporate lemonade. Due to the frustration of always having to call technical support to solve his own frequent hardware problems, he started taking the initiative to educate himself.
  • iPad As A Secret Weapon

    03/30/2010 11:36:59 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 638+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 3/30/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Army is getting very tight with the Apple Corporation, mainly because soldiers have long been enthusiastic users of Apple products (iPod and iPhone, and probably iPad as well). But Apple has tight control over what software can be used on these devices, so the military needs a close relationship with Apple just to get their custom military software on the iPods, iPhones and iPads the troops are so enthusiastic about. This relationship enabled the army to recently run a programming contest for troops and civilian employees. The goal was to create the most effective smart phone software for...